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Obama on Campus Wednesday

President Barack Obama will visit NC State to deliver a speech at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday in Reynolds Coliseum. Although all available tickets were distributed to students, employees and the public on Tuesday morning, the university offers several options for viewing the speech remotely. The campus community will be able to view the speech online via the IPTV system, Wolfbytes online and Wolfbytes Channel 85 on the campus CATV system. The public will be able to view streaming video via the White House website.

While you're waiting for the president, visit NC State's location-based service, NC State On Campus, download the app and get our super-cool presidential badge. This is a rare badge, available today only.

This isn’t the president’s first visit to campus. Obama rallied support for his campaign at Reynolds during the North Carolina primary in 2008.

For security reasons, traffic flow, parking and access to buildings near Reynolds likely will be limited for at least a portion of the day Wednesday. Classes on Wednesday will not be canceled. Faculty members may elect to allow excused absences for students to attend the event. Here’s more information from the provost.

Reynolds will open for the event at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. For security reasons, do not bring bags, and limit personal items. No signs or banners are permitted.

Photos and video of the event are permitted, but camera bags will be searched. All attendees will go through airport-like security screening. Here are answers to more frequently asked questions.

Public parking will not be allowed on campus for the event unless upon specific instruction. Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.

Here’s the latest information on traffic, parking and bus service for the president’s visit.

65 responses on “Obama on Campus Wednesday

  1. Britt Brown says:

    Will DSLR cameras be allowed?

    1. D'Lyn Ford says:

      All tickets have been distributed, but there are several ways to watch the president’s speech. See the story above for details

      We’ve updated the FAQ with information about bringing laptops and cameras in bags. In short, yes, you can bring laptops and cameras, but it will take longer to pass through the security check, which is similar to airport screenings. Please bring only the essentials to the event.

      Here’s an update on parking, traffic and bus service for the president’s visit.

      D’Lyn Ford

  2. JoAnne Dolby says:

    Be encouraged and continue to press forward. My prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Linda says:

    How will this impact employees that park at the Reynolds lot to go to work on Wednesday?

  4. Dr. Dan Graham says:

    1. will there be any outdoor screens or speakers for those who cannot get tickets to attend inside ?
    2. will our C parking permits still allow us to park on Morrill St. near the softball field that morning ?

    1. D'Lyn Ford says:

      Dr. Graham:

      The White House will have a live feed of the event. No parking will be allowed in Jeter Bays or Morrill on the day of the event.

  5. Charlie Harless says:

    What is going to be the policy on camera’s inside of the event?

    1. D'Lyn Ford says:

      Cameras will be allowed. Any bags, including camera bags, will be subject to search on entry.

  6. Pat Grantham says:

    I am disabled, as I am scheduled for a knee replacement Nov 1; how can I be accommodated w/ticket and seating.

    1. D'Lyn Ford says:


      We will provide ADA accommodations. I have forwarded your question to ask for more details.

  7. Danielle Carr says:

    Will there be an opportunity or avenue for attendees to submit questions to the president?

  8. Darren Ley says:

    What is the plan for staff parking on Wednesday? Will the Reynolds lot be blocked off?

  9. Hannah Gotsch says:

    Will students be permitted to miss class for this (will they be counted present if they go to this event)?

    1. D'Lyn Ford says:

      Classes are NOT canceled on Wednesday, but faculty members can choose to allow excused absences for students to attend the event. The provost will be sending out more information on this.

  10. NAW says:

    Are you allowed to show up after the event has started?

  11. REGINA ROYSTER says:

    I am a NCSU employee. I wanted to know how many tickets will be allotted per person for Faculty and Staff?

  12. Bojack Smith says:

    “Airport security”? So I have to be groped or microwaved in a body scan in order to see an elected official speak? We are already enrolled students at a university, that alone should be enough clearance to see Obama.

  13. Adam Schreiner says:

    Will there be media accommodations? I’m part of a campus newscast. Who can I contact?

  14. Martin says:

    Good evening,

    It is wonderful to have the opportunity to hear the President speak. Will there be a question/answer period following the President’s remarks?

    I would be most interested in an opportunity to pose a question related specifically to work NCSU and RTI have done in the area of energy independence and what Executive Branch initiatives might be related to those efforts.

    I would rather cede a seat to another who would wish to be present in the hall for the remarks and watch through the White House feed if Q&A are not incorporated in the program.

    Thank you

  15. Patty Aune says:

    It would be helpful for 8AM labs on Tuesday if tickets were available starting at 7 or 7:30 AM. We do not want to deny students this chance, but can not cancel labs so that students and their TAs can be assured tickets.

  16. Rodney Douglas says:

    so bojack…..your argument is since you go to NC State University there is no way you could pose a threat to the President? Hmmmmm……..

  17. Ashley Cobb says:

    Will students be allowed to park in the Coliseum Deck?

  18. Ashlea says:

    Will the Coliseum Deck be open on Wed. for student parking?

  19. Marcy B says:

    Will faculty/staff be able to get an extra ticket to bring their child along?

  20. Robin Clements says:

    Our department is having a once-annual staff meeting during the time to get employee tickets. How can we still have a chance to get tickets?

  21. Li says:

    What is required to receive a ticket for the public?

  22. Suzanne Balik says:

    Will those of us with a C permit who normally park in Jeter Bays be allowed to park in the Coliseum Deck instead?

  23. Matt says:

    For general public tickets can one person obtain more than one ticket? Or is it one ticket per person?

  24. Tiffany Grovenstein says:

    I am a instructor for a psychology class through the GSSP. Does this TA job count towards the faculty and staff pick up option at Reynolds at 10:30 AM?

  25. J Wohlrab says:

    Will students with Coliseum parking passes be able to park in the Coliseum Deck if arriving on campus early and leaving well after the event? If so, how early should we be there to avoid a major traffic hassle on our way to classes?

  26. Curtis Frederick says:

    How many student tickets are available? I have heard that there is already a line.

  27. John says:

    Why do we want him here? Get him out of Washington

  28. Lu Ji says:

    How many tickets will be handed out to students?

  29. anvita jain says:

    I have an appoinment in student health centre on wednesday, for 15 mins, What are the timings for Obama’s speech?

  30. Damaris Ramirez says:

    Can the public get more than one ticket per person? For example can a family member get a ticket for me since I have class during that time?

  31. M says:

    What time do we have to be inside the building at the latest?

  32. Will Brooks says:

    Is it true that there are only 1000 tickets for students? Apparently there is already a 400 person line outside of Reynolds.

  33. Myrtle Bunch says:

    This is great . Will we be able to ask questions ? Also will we be able to take picture?

  34. Ralph says:

    Will there be any special tickets reserved for veterans? If so, who should we contact?
    v/r Ralph

  35. Coleman says:

    Are staff tickets being distributed at the ticket windows of Reynolds?

  36. My husband and I appreciate your hope and know that the majority of Americans are willing to help pay to get us our of our dilemma – if our congressmen would represent us, and ask us for our vote on you job package, I believe it would pass. Best to you and Bless your family

  37. Chris says:

    Are any answers to the questions coming?

  38. Kirsten says:

    How many tickets per staff member? We’d like to send a representative with a copy of our ID’s to get tickets as we cannot all afford to leave work at the same time.

  39. CW says:

    Will stickers be available for general public online?

  40. CW says:

    Ooops, iPad, lol- will tickets be available online?

  41. Joseph Kirby says:

    Will Coliseum Deck permit holders be able to park in the deck on Wednesday?

    (not the paylot)

  42. EImy says:

    I am not a student but I want to attend. I want to know how much are the tickets.

  43. Brendan says:

    I was in class during the ticket distribution today. Will there be any opportunities for students to get tickets tomorrow? Are there even any left?

    Thank you.

  44. Jacob says:

    Funniest comment I heard in class today:

    Dude 1: “Hey are you going to go see the President of the United States speak tomorrow”

    Dude 2: “Negative, Mr. President needs to give us more heads up next time. I’ve got exams coming up and problem sets due. ”

    I’m sure many of us can relate to dude 2. I think I can honestly say that the loads of homework and studying take priority over seeing the President for probably the once and only time of a lifetime.

  45. What a great opportunity for the Wolfpack!!! I wish I was there but our daughter will be, that is the next best thing to being there!!! Enjoy NC State!!!!

  46. Rick says:

    Should be a fine collection of bleeding hearts there today. Hey Mr. President, CHANGE COURSE! You are killing us with your policies, and most especially the futures of all those young people who will be listening to your leftist pap today. Doubling down on failure is no reasonable solution to the stalled economy that you have created. Comprende? On a final note, I wonder if that most infamous of wolfpack alumni will be along for today’s installment of the misery tour? Let’s all give a shout out for good ol’ Robert Fibbs!

  47. Chuck says:

    Shutup, Rick

  48. Josh says:

    Sorry chuck. But about everything he said was spot on. It might be cool to like Obama while in college, but he is doing TERRIBLE and I have seen it first hand since graduating. GO PACK!

  49. Cathy says:

    Hey Rick – What we heard today was not ‘leftist pap’ – what we heard were ideas supported by both Republicans and Democrats alike. All common sense, straightforward, smart ideas. You must not have listened to anything the President said – here or at anytime during the last week. Since that’s the case, shut your yap!

  50. Z says:

    Both links won’t work?! I can’t see this live!

  51. Rick says:

    Don’t think I will Chuckster, I too much enjoy telling the truth. Kind of hurts, doesn’t it?

  52. Kevin says:

    No matter how you look at it, the Bush administration left the economy in dire straights through two major items: tax-cuts (mostly for folks making *way* more than $250k/year) combined with War on Terror spending. Starting with an annual surplus out of the Clinton years of 86 billion, the Bush administration left an annual deficit to the Obama administration on the order of 1.5 trillion per year. The 1.5 trillion per year were commitments are made, that many consider “sunk costs” and that the Obama administration quite literally is stuck with. Thus, Rick is incorrect in the implicit assumption that the economic strife this country faces is entirely caused by the Obama administration’s folly.

    He is correct, however, that the current government is not fixing the problem (current government includes both Democrats and Republicans). The Republicans are not wrong that we need to fix the budget, but the Democrats are not wrong that we can’t do it on the backs of the middle and lower class. The former is a no-brainer, and the latter would make the long-run budget outlook less palpable given the various dole-outs the government would *have* to support. Like cost of incarceration. Like inherent societal costs involving mental and physical health of the populace. Like maintenance of transportation avenues. The Tea Party is wrong, however, in that they want the government handouts for no taxes. If they would like to pay no taxes, then they should stop using roads, hospitals, public schools, or buying food — (it’s almost all partially subsidized by the government).

    On the topic of the budget, one of the big phallacies which the conservative machine has advertized effectively is that the budget is the President’s domain. In fact, this is an issue of congress, only finally signed by the President. Welcome to separation of powers. Thus “Obama’s failure” is not a correct statement in this context. It’s not entirely the Obama administration’s fault. It’s not even mostly their fault.

    Obama’s failure is as a politician. While I am an admitted Obama supporter in 2008, and will be again 2012, I wish there were someone better. The democrat party has generally not supplied a “best” option, rather merely the “lesser of two evils.” I do not think Obama is nearly as good a /politician/ as, say, GW Bush. Like what he did or not, GW pushed items through. Obama has failed on a number of items, most recently annoying even more of his liberal base by backing down on environmental issues. While I certainly agree with more of his policies than the would-have-been McCain, and certainly more than the ex GW Bush, there is no denying that Obama’s skill as a politician is lacking.

    The budget must be course-corrected, but it *must* be a unified effort. Something which, sad to say, has not happened, largely thanks to the stalwart Tea Party forcing their hand with the Republicans, and consequently the Democrats and the country.

  53. Bill says:

    Wonder what he will promise on this visit?
    A booming Economy? No more than 8% unemployment?
    Maybe he’ll guarantee the pack an NCAA basketball title!

  54. Z says:

    Couldn’t have said it better myself, Kevin. Thanks for that!

  55. Chris says:

    Alot of college students are ignorant about politics and we need to educate ourselves so we just don’t believe whatever a candidate or president says.

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